Earning Top Honors: SBA Awards Four CEI Clients as Entrepreneurial Leaders

Of the eleven winners of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2019 Maine Small Business Awards, four worked with CEI to plan and finance their growing enterprises. They are Ahmed Abbas of Ameera Bread in Portland, Rebecca and Troy Delano of Alfred’s Upholstery & Co. in Alfred, Kathleen O’Heron of Jynx Productions in Yarmouth and Amber Elliott of Alternative Wellness Services in Biddeford.

Maine small business owner Mariama Jallow testifies before Congressional Small Business Subcommittee about the impact of CEI financing and advice

Maine business owner Mariama Jallow arrived in the U.S. from The Gambia with a dream of opening her own business. With business advice from CEI’s Startsmart program, Mariama not only opened her business, Mariama’s Beauty Supply, but also led the charge to pass legislation allowing hair braiders to work in Maine without a cosmetology license. She recently received a CEI Wicked Fast loan. Last month, Mariama was invited to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business about her experience starting and growing her business. Mariama recently testified before The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Growth, Tax, and Capital Access in Washington, DC.